Malaysian Indian Congress president Samy Vellu’s men swept nearly all the top party posts including that of president and vice-president in the organisational polls, which took place on Saturday amid intense infighting.
Incumbent G Palanivel retained the MIC deputy president’s post after defeating Vellu’s arch rival S Subramaniam and former vice-president S Sothinathan at the party elections. MIC is an important component of the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.
Two other ethnic Indian leaders, deputy minsiter in the Prime Minister’s Department S K Devamany and Federal Territories deputy minister Saravanan were elected MIC vice-presidents.
The party’s central working committee is also mostly won by Mr. Samy Vellu’s people, online news reports said.
Earlier, Premier Najib Razak in his speech at the MIC annual general assembly called on Malaysians to cooperate and unite among the various races to make the country a successful nation. He noted that the ruling coalition Barisan was not a marriage of convenience like the opposition alliance but a political institution, which had accomplished much for the nation.
Mr. Najib noted that the key performance index (KPI) for MIC would be to regain the support of the minority ethnic Indian community.